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Stephen George

Ann Turnbull

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Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?

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A ballerina, or a fairy, or a sailor – but definitely a writer

Q: What were you like at school?

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Very quiet. Sat at the back, never put my hand up , even if I knew the answer, and generally tried not to be noticed.

Q: Which three words describe you best?

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Imaginative, perfectionist, indecisive.

Q: What is your favourite word?

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landfall

Q: What are you afraid of?

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Being trapped in a confined space, such as a lift.

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

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The family photos

Q: What do you do as a hobby?

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I read, knit, sing, dance, and go for long walks.

Q: What’s your favourite food?

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Strawberries – but only when they are in season, and preferably from our garden. I like chocolate too, in any season.

Q: What do you day dream about?

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Having more time…

Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?

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I used to think I’d like to be an archaeologist – but that was before I realised how much mud, rain, sunburn and camping was involved. However I’m fascinated by how much archaeology can tell us about the past.

Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?

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My mind says I’m a lot younger, but my body occasionally reminds it that I’m not.

Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?

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Integrity

Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?

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Knossos

Q: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?

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“Seize the day”

Q: What would you most like to change about yourself?

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I'd like to be physically braver, more decisive, able to write faster - oh, and may I please have lovely thick abundant hair that never looks limp or flyaway?

Q: How long have you been a writer?

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Nearly all my life; but my first book was published in 1974.

Q: Was there a specific moment in your life when you decide to become a writer?

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When I was about six I realised that books did not simply appear by magic but were written by people – and I decided I would be a writer too.

Q: Where do you do your writing?

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I carry a small notebook so that I can write anywhere: on trains, in cafes, or downstairs in an armchair away from the distractions of the internet. But mostly I write in my office, which used to be my son’s bedroom.

Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?

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Best things: working alone, managing your own time and creating something new; seeing your new book when it first comes out; hearing from readers who enjoyed it. Worst things: working alone and losing confidence in what you’re writing.

Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?

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Places, history, myths and legends, books, films, TV, my own life.

Q: What do you do to combat “writers’ block”?

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I push through it.

Q: What was your favourite book as a child?

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

Q: What book do you wish you had written?

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The one I’m struggling with at the moment!

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

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Keep reading! To be a writer you have to be a reader. And when you do start to write something, don’t feel you have to finish it. Start something new. Experiment.

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